Learning and Unlearning with Debby Nguyen: The Power of Culture & Medicine

Featured Image: New Degree Press Debby Nguyen is the author of her debut nonfiction book: Pills, Teas, and Songs, a New York Times-featured poet, and a Pharmacy and Data Science student at Northeastern University. This interview has been edited for length and clarity. Briefly discuss Pills, Teas, and Songs: Stories of Medicine Around the World…

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We Need to Memorialise the Stories of our South Asian Female Elders Before It’s Too Late

Featured Illustration: Joey Guidone We often forget the legacies of those before us, legacies that lift us up and constantly inspire us. So much of human history has been memorialised through stories of love, war, and tragedy. Through navigating and talking about our own family histories, we can also add our own pieces to this…

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Stop Co-Opting Our Movements and Get Your Own

Featured Image: Financial Times Black Lives Matter. Not only is it true, but it’s also the name of a movement. Our movement. Not a trendy bio insert. Because let’s be real for a sec. Most of the people with BLM in their bios are violently anti-Black. But this isn’t about that. This is about other…

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3 Challenges as a First-Generation Student and How I Overcame Them

Featured Illustration: Leonardo Santamaria A first-generation student is best described as someone whose parents did not attend college, therefore making the student the first one in the family to do so. My experience being first-generation has brought many challenges. Nonetheless, it wasn’t until my junior year at California State University, Bakersfield, that I gained the…

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Bridgerton and the Not-So-Innocent Black Girl Trope

I would definitely be lying if I said that I was not one of the hundreds of people raging about Netflix’s newest era piece, Bridgerton. I mean, I didn’t know how much my life needed the classical remix of thank you, next by Ariana Grande and a step-by-step tutorial on how to be the “diamond…

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“Hetero” — Is it a Mental Disease?

Featured Artwork: ‘What If?’ by Roxana Radulescu *Note: This piece is purely satirical. All quotes are works of fiction. . . . What if homosexuality were considered normal, and heterosexuality unnatural? A new study from Pfizer Inc. has revealed that heterosexuality is indeed a mental disease. The results were submitted to a peer-reviewed journal and…

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“Nightcrawler” and Ethical Photojournalism at the Capitol Riots

Featured Illustration: Reza Bassiri I still remember exactly what I was doing when the Trump-supporting domestic terrorists stormed America’s Capitol. I was watching the neo-noir psychological thriller Nightcrawler on a Zoom call with my friends and the third act of the film had just started. We were so engrossed in the film that we hadn’t…

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New Name

Featured Artwork: Upasana Agarwal Harami My 10-year old Urdu vocabulary didn’t include that word. I didn’t know what it meant.  Other than its root, haram: not allowed, wrong.  So I had figured the shrill woman who flung the word at me was insulting me.  But I didn’t care.  If me slapping her son for touching…

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Beneath The Stairs

Featured Artwork: Adrian Delgado We used to rent out the basement in my house. There, through the golden columns and bronze pyramids of despair and dreams they strode in. The pearl painted chippings of lands that once were laid at their feet. Underneath their soles were eternities of ancestors waiting for their return. They carried…

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